In politics friends are transient and a week is six days too long. Being brave is a sign of desperation : you will either have committed Hari Kiri by being brave in politics or win yourself a reprieve by taking a path less trodden. Nothing is finite. Everything is negotiable. What matters is taking or staying in power. And no one better mirrors this then Anwar. He has been through it all and now is at the cusp of it all.
Today he is torn between taking and staying in power. The staying in power is within Pakatan Rakyat and the taking of power is from Barisan Nasional. To stay in power within Pakatan Rakyat he needs to be acquitted of sodomy. To take power from Barisan Nasional he too, must be acquitted of sodomy. And so for Anwar a conviction is the kiss of death - or as the Mafia do it…he gets sent a fish wrapped in newspaper if convicted!
All the vital signs are not encouraging.
Now the talk in Batang Berjuntai, Pendang, Pengkalan Chepa, Batu Pahat and even Kuala Kangsar is not encouraging too. In Kuala Lumpur, where they have seen it all, the consensus is that he is going in! In Putrajaya its steady as she goes and they talk about AA….the time After Anwar.
There is no talk on the streets about another night of the long knives if Anwar is convicted….maybe one in PKR to establish Azmin, Azizah or Nurrul as leader…but that is for PKR to work out. The Reformasi days are long gone and after Bersih Two, nobody is prepared to risk life and limbs for a 64 year old who is going thorough another sodomy trial – as if the first one was not a lesson learnt to avoid another one!
And so the stage is set for that long ride into the sunset for Anwar..only this time like Reagan, there will be no coming back. What remains now is if he will leave with our affections or will he take with him all that he has build within Pakatan Rakyat?
I hope he will not do this because Anwar’s legacy to us is to make possible change in Malaysia. Now we must make this possibility into a reality….and this is only possible if Pakatan Rakyat is strengthen and not weaken with Anwar’s conviction. How this can be done is for the leaders within Pakatan Rakyat to work out NOW rather than LATER!
Now, when Anwar’s presence can make a difference and ensure that Pakatan Rakyat will form government after the 13th general election.
I hope Anwar will not fail us. We will not fail him if he will not fail us this time. Someone has to tell you this Anwar...and it looks like it has to be me....salam brother.